(1956 – December 3, 1992)
Roger Brandon Weddall, a fun-loving Melbourne fan, edited the fanzines Lhyfe, and Thyme. He and co-editor Peter Burns won the 1987 Ditmar Award for Best (Australian) Fanzine for Thyme. In 1991, a Ditmar Award for Best Fannish Cat was won by Roger's cat Typo.
He was a member of the Melbourne University Science Fiction Association. For the 1978 Australian Natcon, Unicon IV, Roger was co-convenor; he invited more than one international guest, on the theory that only one would accept. Both Brian Aldiss and Roger Zelazny accepted. He was an agent for the Britain in '87 Worldcon bid.
He ran unsuccessfully in the 1984 GUFF Race and 1990 DUFF Race. He won FFANZ in 1986 and DUFF in 1992. Roger was diagnosed with lymphoma shortly before leaving for North America, and ended up cutting short his trip after attending Magicon. He died a few months later. Funds in his possession at his death were lost. Phil Ware served as Australian Administrator in his stead.
There was a Roger Weddall Memorial Picnic on January 23, 1994, in the Botanic Gardens. Another was organized the following year.
- “The Lark Ascended: In Memory of Roger” by Geoff Allshorn, Humanist Blog, December 3, 2022.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1986 — 1986 FFANZ Race winner
- 1987 — 1987 Best Australian Fanzine Ditmar Award for Thyme
- 1992 — 1992 DUFF Race winner
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